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Cottage to Let

Published 1941

AKA: Bombsight Stolen

A wartime evacuee (George Cole) from London arrives in a small Scottish village to stay in Mrs Barrington's (Jeanne De Casalis) cottage.
However the arrival of a wounded Spitfire pilot (John Mills) and a mysterious bald gentleman (Alastair Sim) means the boy must stay in the Barrington's house.
At the house Mr Barrington (Leslie Banks) and his assistant (Michael Wilding) are working on a top-secret new bombsight to help the war effort.
Ronald begins to notice strange behaviour in the village and gradually uncovers a plot to steal the bomb sight when it is developed.

Run time 86 min.
Producer Edward Black
Production Company Gainsborough Pictures
Audio/Visual sound, black & white
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Reviewer: Peter Cushing Hammer Horror - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 8, 2014
Subject: excellent
Cottage to Let is a 1941 spy film starring Leslie Banks, Alastair Sim and John Mills. Set in World War II Scotland, its plot concerns Nazi spies trying to kidnap an inventor.

A young George Cole ( better known for his stint in MINDER as Dodgey Arthur Daley), the always excellent Alistair Sim, and of course John Mills.
well worth a watch, the pace is slow by todays standards, but it really draws you in.
Reviewer: Terry K - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 28, 2013
Subject: A Ripping Hitchcockian Yarn
This film is a very pleasant surprise, allaying it's unassuming title. A top-flight Brit cast plays this as much for fun as for suspense. George Cole steals the film as a cheeky Cockney evacuee. Alastair Sim (Cole's foster father) is, as always, a delight and Mills plays against type as an RAF pilot who is not quite what he seems.
Reviewer: WINSTON SMITH3353 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 23, 2013
Subject: 5 Stars!
Very good print and sound.

Not much else to say but that this is by far one of the best films here on IA! Thank you, IA. Very nice choice.
Reviewer: astersattract - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 3, 2011
Subject: It has it all
Not only suspenseful but funny. What else is there in a good mystery movie?
Reviewer: accalaurie49 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 17, 2011
Subject: Highly Recommended
Wonderful spy story, whodunit, comedy, romance whatever. Many suspects. I did not especially try to figure out who was the crook, just followed the storyline, so many times the suspects `got me`. Of course, the brilliant acting has something to do with it too.
Reviewer: Super YiaYia - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 17, 2011
Subject: Excellent Spy Movie
The British movies are always excellent, they have the best writers, directors and actors, bar none!!!!! Actually, they still do.

As the plot is mentioned below, no need to repeat. But one thing I will say, I did not figure out the story until the end, it kept me guessing and I never got bored. A must see!

In my opinion, this is a 5 Star Movie.

Bye for now,
Reviewer: billbarstad - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 11, 2010
Subject: British Spy Mystery
Set in a Scottish village during WWII, the movie has several amusing subplots which occupy most of the story. The main plot deals with German agents stealing British military secrets. Aside from a plot twist, it's nothing special with little intrigue, but provides all of the action which comes at the end of the film. After a slow start, the story moves along at a moderate pace.

The principal actors give good performances, and are backed by an equally good supporting cast.

I downloaded the 698MB AVI file. The video has a green tint, easily removed, and was in good shape. The audio was clear.
Reviewer: Noah 8-? - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 10, 2010
Subject: WWII Spy an' crackin' good tale, eh what?
John Mills, a true artist. John really makes the character believable... a downed RAF pilot.
Watch for the gaff at the end of the picture when John as a pilot is introuduced as an RFA pilot B.F.D. BFD? How's that again? Must be some sort of decoration or title the British are so fond of using.

Not to be out done Alastair Sim is just ss believable as he can be. Alastair Sim... you know - - - "Scrooge", from that dollar DVD from the dimestore, or really cheap bargin pile. (might even be sommers 'ere'bouts on this site)

And the 'boy'. Whatta shock o' fur he's. Dark steel wool parted into two piles. Doesn't get more British than that. Like the Tommys wear their garrison cap over one ear this boy wears most of his 'air over tthe top to the other side... what's not sticking out all whichaways. Sherlock 'olmes 'e's about. 'e intentionally (and continuously) points out out of place details in his attempt to emulate the great sleuth.

Action? I dunno but the story line moves right enough along.... and true to form is an 'hodunit not soon forgotten.

Noah 8-?
Reviewer: kareneliot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 9, 2010
I don't know if this is a spy story, a war film, a mystery, a romance, a drama, a comedy or what, what I do know is that this is a perfect film FOR MY TASTE, because I like all of those genres.

It has a great story with great acting by superb characters with an outstanding dynamic with each other.

It moves at a good pace and was entertaining and enjoyable from start to finish.

Reviewer: maineatticus - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 9, 2010
Subject: The Brits at their best!
I don't think Edward Black ever produced a bad movie. And this one is one of his best.

I do think that one of the keywords for this movie should be COMEDY. With Alastair Sim and George Cole, it is bound to have it's share of laughs. Strange, too, when you stop and think that Sims and his wife took George Cole and his mother under their wings and Sims trained Cole as an actor. Cole was only 16 when he made his debut here.

More comedic touches by Jeanne De Casalis, Hay Petrie and Muriel Aked (Friday the Thirteenth)are much appreciated.

John Mills gives a few thrills, (although a bit over acted) as the spy - what about those eyes! He looked quite insane.

I have this movie in my library of British cinema and watch it occasionally. I am never bored. It is a treat.
Reviewer: FGlenF - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 9, 2010
Subject: As British Films Go
This was a good film. Good plot and acting it is well worth watching.
Reviewer: appledecca - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 9, 2010
Subject: Good Show!
Great line up...& well worth it. Thank You
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